Think Like an Editor blog by Steve Davis and Emilie Davis, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

May you know what you don’t know

By · Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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MAY you …

For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “

Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later

Convocation is today at Syracuse University’s schools and colleges, followed by commencement tomorrow. Graduating? You’ve learned a lot in these four years, and you know a lot.

May you always know what you don’t know.

That’s a saying we use routinely in our classes. It’s a simple, safe and effective way to keep people actively seeking knowledge.

Picture yourself being tapped on the shoulder by anyone asking about anything. Do you know the answer? If not, you don’t know. Look it up. Do the research. Seek out someone who knows.

What you shouldn’t do, if you aren’t sure:

The person asking wouldn’t know the difference, and that could be problematic.

Think of it this way: If you were without all of your electronic devices that help you get where you’re going, and you stopped a person on the street for directions, wouldn’t you want that person to be sure of the answer?

Add our wish to the list of all the things you know. And good luck to you all!

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